On the drive home from work today I realized that it was the anniversary of a notable day in my life. On this day in 1999 I was spending my day off from work sitting in my studio apartment on Long Island, trying to stay warm and listening to the radio, probably WFAN. When the phone rang the called ID showed a far away area code and I picked up. The girl on the other end of the line had been having a rough few weeks and had just backed her car the wrong over the spikes that say “Severe Tire Damage-Do Not Back Up” and was calling me to ask what to do*. This wasn’t the first time she called me to ask me to give her a hand. She and I had dated, starting in the summer of 1995 and continued to date until the fall of 1998.
Things had ended badly between us but in the weeks leading up to that call she and I had been talking again, almost daily. When she called to ask what to do I did the only thing I could, I called a travel agent and bought a plane ticket to Los Angeles. Three weeks later she picked me up at the airport. After returning from my trip I gave notice at my job and made plans to move.
So that’s the answer to the question what was I doing ten years ago. How about you?
P.S. – You know what the amazing part of this story is? That I called a travel agent to make the reservation and then had to go to the office to pick up my tickets.
*It should be noted that the girl in this story is usually an excellent driver. This incident happened because she was driving a stick for the first time and was very tired. I was there when she took her road test so I can vouch for her driving abilities.